Old House - Kitchen

      For quite awhile our house was literally half renovated, as in divided right down the middle with a renovated living room side and a beige-90s-kitchen side. Standing on that in between place was like standing in the twilight zone. It was like time machine of sorts; look left, look right, and back and forth you'd go, where all you were missing was a down filled red vest, if you're catching my drift.
      It's so heartbreaking that we won't get to live in this beautiful house without this crazy, surrealism division. This entire kitchen renovation was done after we moved out to the farm which made it INcredibly easier. Hats off to all of you have done this whilst living amongst the CHAOS that is a kitchen reno. 

As per usual, the befores are self explanatoryily BEIGE ...
and with ease the DeLorean has brought us to 2015 ...  

      This kitchen reno wasn't with it's profanities, problem solving, tears and arguments especially because 95% of this kitchen reno was done in EIGHT days. It really did feel like we were on one of those crazy renovation shows; little sleep, painting comas, lots of caffeine, working into the wee hours of the night. And here's my opportunity to thank my parents and Marty's parents for helping out with everything they did. A big shout out to Marty's folks for visiting for a few days simply to help us with this beast

So here's how she went...

      We laid industrial strength, or so the packing told us, clip together vinyl flooring. This stuff is a DREAM. Water proof, mess proof, mud proof, it's soft on the feet and won't be freezing cold in the winter. Being that it is a kitchen, and the patio door is right here, we knew it had to be something durable and of course beautiful! Check, check. We will for sure be putting this in the new farmhouse. 
      The cabinets were a labour of love. They were not sanded prior to being painted with 3 coats Reloved Chalk Paint in Storm (lowers) and Cotton (uppers) and then sealed X3 with a clear Varathane Diamond Wood Finish. With every brush stroke I took, I reapedtely said, and many times it was out loud, I am never painting kitchen cabinets again. We'll see. I am already scheming plans for the farmhouse kitchen. (Wide eyed emoticon here.) When the uppers were completed, the stark whiteness of them was so clinical and TOO white it was nightmarish. After doing ALL that work I thought I was going to have to paint them a different colour, insert tears here. And after my mental storm had passed, I came up with the idea to glaze the cabinets a bit. I mixed to gather some random grey paints, some of the clear sealer and some water and then I simply brushed it on and wiped it off. It was also mighty time consuming but my god it did the trick!
      The grey counters are an in stock laminate from Home Depot and the island top is an in stock piece from Ikea. The  white elongated subway tiles are from Lowes, I believe! And all the light fixtures are either Home Depot or Lowes - the tally between how many times we have been to both places is UNreal. 

      Well that's it, folks, our first kitchen reno. It was crazy, but it was fun and definitely rewarding. And if anything it cemented in me how much Marty and I make a great team in life. And you know what they say, couples that can reno together, sure as hell better stay together cuz you'll never be able to agree on who gets the house after you've put in a bazillion hours of love and labour into it...